This report explores ‘deficit discourse’ in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy. ‘Discourse’, in this context, encompasses thought represented in written and spoken communication and/or expressed through practices. The term draws attention to the circulation of ideas, the processes by which these ideas shape conceptual and material realities, and the power inequalities that contribute to and result from these processes. ‘Deficit discourse’ refers to discourse that represents people or groups in terms of deficiency – absence, lack or failure. It particularly denotes discourse that narrowly situates responsibility for problems with the affected individuals or communities, overlooking the larger socio-economic structures in which they are embedded.
AUSTRALIA’S health sector has an increasingly sophisticated network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing institutions. This is coupled with increasing capacity in the research and data fields, and multiple intersections of accountabilities across federal, state and territory, regional and local levels. Read more.
Publication author(s): Reconciliation Australia, Release date: 9 February 2016
Twenty-five years after the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation (CAR), this report examines the state of reconciliation in Australia today. The report uses a five dimensional framework of reconciliation to measure and analyse Australia’s progress over this time and set out a roadmap for a reconciled Australia.
Publication author(s): Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Release date: 5 February 2016
To better understand the long-term trends in health expenditure in Australia, this report presents data for the 25 years from 1989-90 to 2013-14, describes some of the key trends and explores the relationships between health expenditure and its drivers.
Review of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Treatment Service Sector
Publication author(s): Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Release date: 6th December 2015
Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease – Australian facts: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (AIHW, 2015)
A healthier future for all Australians – Final Report by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission Report, June 2009.
This paper examines Australian community attitudes and false beliefs.
With strong and effective Aboriginal control, the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health conducts high quality strategic Aboriginal health research, and engages in effective development activities with Aboriginal communities, service providers, policy formulators and decision makers.
Informit / RMIT Publishing Health collection lists the latest publications (books & journals) under a number of topics including Indigenous health. Access to this collection is provided by IAHA Inc to website members through an annual subscription paid by IAHA Inc.
Go to “Publications” you’ll find: CDAMS Indigenous Health Curriculum Framework.
The Medical Journal of Australia archive has over 360 articles on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
A collaboration of health, social service and public policy organisations has today called on governments at all levels to consider how the legislative decisions they make will affect the health of the nation and address increasing health inequity across Australia.
A reading list of articles on Indigenous health and particularly relevant OT papers compiled by Tamar Paluch, KOTS, Dec 08.
Second Reading Debate Speech – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012
This special feature in the AMA’s Australian Medicine features the views of a number of medical and other experts on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – including IAHA former Chair James Charles.